B.S., 2019, The Ohio State University
Advisor: Elizabeth Boon
Email: Alicia.Mendoza@stonybrook.edu

Research Interests

Alicia graduated from the Ohio State University in 2019 with a B.S. in Molecular Genetics and a minor in Professional Writing. As an undergraduate, she studied the conformational structures of the transmembrane protein MurJ in Escherichia coli to understand how it transports lipids necessary for peptidoglycan synthesis across the inner membrane. Alicia’s research interests lie in bacterial pathogenesis, secretion systems, and the study of cell membranes.

Honors and Awards

2023 Irving Abrahams Award for Outstanding Achievement; Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Stony Brook University.

State University of New York Graduate Research Empowering and Accelerating Talent (GREAT) Award, 2022.

W. Burghardt Turner Fellowship, Stony Brook University, 2019-2024

Ohio State Honors Program Undergraduate Research Scholarship 2019


Mendoza, A.G., Guercio, D., Smiley, M.K., Sharma, G.K., Withorn, J.M., Hudone-Smith, N.V., Ndukwe, C., Dietrich, L.E.P., and boon, E.M. (2024). The histidine kinase NahK regulates pyocyanin production through the PQS system. Journal of Bacteriology 206(1): e0027623.

Anantharaman, S., Guercio, D., Mendoza, A.G., Withorn, J.M., and Boon, E.M. (2023). Negative regulation of biofilm formation by nitric oxide sensing proteins. Biochem. Soc. Trans. 51(4) 1447-1458.

Kumar, S., Rubino, F. A, Mendoza, A. G., and Ruiz, N. (2018). The bacterial lipid II flippase MurJ functions by an alternating-access mechanism. Journal of Biological Chemistry doi: 10.1074/jbc.RA118.006099

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